Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and a long time resident of Lively, Ontario, Amber Konikow is a 4-time Ontario provincial boxing champion and earned the title of Canadian boxing champ in both 2007 and 2008. On the world stage, she competed at the women's world boxing championship in Ningbo city, China in November 2008, and did her country proud when she took home the bronze medal...
In addition to training and competing, Amber passes her knowledge on the sport of boxing to other young Canadians as a boxing coach. When not dominating in the ring or training for her next match, Amber works as a intensive care nurse at hospitals throughout the Sudbury area. Amber is here to share with us her stories as well as the importance of goal setting and how physical activity is key to being able to achieve our dreams!
Languages spoken: English
Birthplace: Prince Rupert, BC
Current city: Sudbury, ON
Favourite Food: It's all good, I love to eat
Favourite Colour: Blue
What is your single greatest achievement as an athlete?
Going to the 2008 Women's Worlds Boxing Championship and winning a Bronze.
What is your single greatest achievement outside of sports?
Being a Registered Nurse
What's your favourite quote or statement?
"It's SHOW TIME!" and "Figuring things out for yourself is the only freedom anyone really has. Use that freedom.Make up your own mind."
Who was your role model when you were young?
My Mom and Dad.
English Biography: Download PDF
Amber was fun and she interacted with the students. She is clearly passionate about her goals, and motivated our kids to strive for their dreams too!
Tracey Chapman – Principal, Central Manitoulin P.S. Manitoulin Island, Ontario
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you (Amber Konikow) for your presentation at St. John School this afternoon. (She) had a most captive audience in the children and the adults in the room. It’s a great thing to have the opportunity to expose our children not only to a female boxer and national champion, but to the possibilities that are available to them. ‘The biggest obstacle to realizing your dreams is usually your own demons’ is an important message for everyone at all stages of life and we can never hear it enough. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. It was an honor and a pleasure to meet you today. The Esteem Team is a great program and I hope many more children have the opportunity to be exposed to your presentations. Thank you for making the trip and safe travels home.
Tricia Secondi - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario - Program Coordinator, Sault Ste. Marie ON
I just wanted to say it was great getting to meet you and learning some things about you. You inspired me to practice at dance because right now that's my biggest goal and I'll never forget "SMART!" I'm so happy you came. You got me a little interested in boxing and even more interested in the Olympics
Emily, Student, St. John's Elementary School - Ontario
What an honour it was to have Amber (Konikow) visit Sault Ste Marie! The students and teachers are still talking about her presentation. She was truly able to connect with the students on their level which is so important when presenting to children. They walked away feeling that they too will be able to achieve their dreams with hard work and determination.
Katrina Wheaton, VP – Huron Superior Catholic Teacher’s Federation, Sault Ste. Marie ON
The main message that I took from Amber Konikow’s ESTEEM Team presentation is that you should do as much as you can to get closer to your goal and to never stop trying to achieve it.
Hillary, Grade 8 student, St. Raphael School - Sudbury, Ontario